A RARE WUCAI 'BIRD AND FLOWER' LOBED JAR
WANLI MARK AND PERIOD
明萬曆 五彩花鳥瑞果紋瓜菱式小罐 《大明萬曆年製》款
each side painted with bird and butterflies around peach boughs alternating with flowering peonies, all between a quatrefoil panel enclosing a floral sprig encircling the foot and a border of stylised floral roundel at the shoulder, the neck collared with a band of classic scroll, the base with a six-character mark within a double circle in underglaze blue
Height 14.5 cm, 5¾ in.
The jar has restoration to two sections of the hexagonal rim, overpainting to a circa 6 x 3cm., area of the shoulder, and to a vertical section of circa 4 x 12cm., of the shoulder and body, a 8x4mm., shallow glaze flake to the inside of the rim, minor rim fritting and light rubbing and scratches to the enamels and glaze.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Compare a blue and white jar of the same lobed shaped and similarly painted with alternating panels of birds and butterflies and flowering peonies, sold Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5th and 6th November 1996, lot 756. Another jar of this unusual lobed form is illustrated in Seventeenth Century Chinese Porcelain from the Butler Family Collection, Pittsburgh, 1990, cat. no. 1.